We're excited to announce the members of the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting planning committee. Save the Date for Baltimore from June 7-11th!
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Please join us in welcoming Verdis Robinson as the new interim national manager of The Democracy Commitment (TDC). TDC, as you know, is our sister community college civic learning and democratic engagement project.
Verdis comes to the position as a tenured assistant professor having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning history courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s The Democracy Commitment (TDC) campus coordinator since the beginning of the initiative, he has served on TDC national steering committee and on the advisory council for the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative.
Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s faculty seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ faculty seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. Additionally, he is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 300 members of Rochester community in discussion and learning.
Verdis holds a B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in history from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.
You can read a message from Verdis here.
Dr. Bernie Ronan, co-founder of The Democracy Commitment, died in Arizona after a his struggle with cancer. Bernie passed away surrounded by his family and the love of his extended community.
Bernie was tireless in his work for democracy, and every element of The Democracy Commitment network bears his imprint. He was an organizer, advocate, leader, and an eloquent spokesman for community college students. He was also a profound theorist of democratic culture, and wrote about the significance of democratic engagement in the lives of students.
Bernie had a long and distinguished career as a public servant, after an earlier career as a theologian. Earlier this year he retired as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs of the Maricopa Community Colleges. He oversaw the Division of Public Affairs, which includes government relations, marketing, media relations, communications, as well as the Center for Civic Participation. He had been an administrator in the Maricopa Colleges for the past 20 years, including serving as the Acting President of Mesa Community College in 2007-8.
Prior to his service in the Maricopa Colleges, Bernie was Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, and Deputy Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education.
Over his career as a public administrator, he had developed numerous community partnerships and did research and analysis on public policy issues. An Arizona native, he received a doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University.
In honor of his tremendous devotion and commitment to TDC and the national civic engagement movement, TDC renamed its student scholarship award after him. The Bernie Ronan Award will stand as a living testimony to this good and loyal friend. We will miss him deeply.
We are very excited to introduce you to our three student interns for the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting. Angelo, Maryam, and Manisha introduce themselves below and represent the capacity of students in our network to engage meaningfully on our campuses, in our classrooms, and in our broader communities and democracy. In the coming weeks they will work with the meeting planning committee on the program, arranging a student symposium and specifically on creating networking, learning, and organizing opportunities for the students that attend the conference in Indianapolis from June 1-4 and for students committed to civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education to continue to connect with each other and to push us to become the best faculty, administrators, campuses, and communities we’re capable of being.
Please join us in welcoming Angelo, Maryam, and Manisha!
—Jen, Gabriel & Stephanie
My name is Angelo Kapp. I am currently a sophomore attending Delta College (Mich.) and plan to transfer to Northwood University (Mich.) pursuing a degree in advertising and marketing. I previously worked in the automotive industry for seven years. In 2014, my plant closed and I decided to go back to school. I am a member of six different clubs at school and serve as vice president for Citizens In Action, a student-led club that promotes student civic engagement around campus and local communities. Recently I was awarded from the Michigan Campus Compact, Commitment to Service Award.
My name is Maryam Sarhan and I am a junior attending Stockton University (N.J.) pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in international studies. For the past two years, I have served as the student trustee on Stockton’s Board of Trustees and advocated for my fellow peers’ needs and concerns, while also helping to establish a $30,000 fund to address food insecurity on campus. This past year, I was part of Stockton’s UptoUs team, a national bipartisan campaign that raises awareness about the national debt crisis. My team and I placed first nationally against 44 other schools and earned recognition from former President Bill Clinton.
My name is Manisha Vepa, and I am a sophomore economics and global studies double major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (Md). I am a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar, which is a program at UMBC that supports talented undergraduates aspiring to careers in service of the public interest in government, non-profit organizations, corporations, and the community; and am working towards a career in public service and government affairs. I am part of a number of civic engagement efforts on campus both formal and informal. In the student government association, I advocate for student interests to be reflected in mandatory fee changes. I am also involved with the UMBC BreakingGround Initiative and collaborate with other students, faculty, and staff to provide grants and suggest projects that would strengthen the campus community.
It is an honor to be selected to represent students and be a voice on the 2016 CLDE Planning Committee. We believe that this opportunity will be an invaluable experience to share our experiences and to learn from others. Together, we plan to create an environment at the meeting where students can better network and share ideas for engaging their peers in their communities. We want to encourage students to commit to building national and community partnerships now and in their future endeavors. Furthermore, we hope to build a strong national network to collaborate on larger civic learning and democratic engagement initiatives. After the conference, we will take the lessons we have learned during the meeting and share them on our home campuses. We will also continue to engage with students across the nation to continue the conversations and work started at the 2016 CLDE. We are looking forward to helping empower students and make strides in creating a more civically engaged population.
To learn more about the 2016 CLDE Meeting visit the event website today.